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List of Latin American Submissions to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language.A record total of 89 countries submitted a film before the deadline and 85 were accepted. Here is the list of Latin American submissions to the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.


The Distinguished Citizen (Argentina)

Directed by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
With Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio, Belén Chavanne

After refusing big and prestigious awards all over the world, Mr. Mantovani, Literature Nobel Prize winner, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina, which has been the inspiration for all of his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worse idea of his life. Expect the unexpected when you have used real people as characters in your novels!

Little Secret (Brazil)

Directed by David Schurmann
With Fionnula Flanagan, Maria Flor, Thomas Silvestre, Erroll Shand

Based on true events Little Secret is a film with three interlocked stories all connected by a single secret that converge to reveal the tragic yet beautiful lives of three families and how hope, dreams and destiny can unite people from very different parts of the world. Adopted at childhood by a loving family after facing the loss of her parents, Kat led a life full of adventures. Now in her ...

Desierto (Mexico)

Directed by Jonás Cuarón
With Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Diego Cataño

A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands.

Alias María (Colombia)

Directed by José Luis Rugeles
With Carlos Clavijo, Anderson Gomez, Carmenza González, Lola Lagos

A vision of Colombia's inhuman armed conflict, seen through the eyes of a young - and pregnant - girl soldier.

From Afar (Venezuela)

Directed by Lorenzo Vigas
With Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla, Catherina Cardozo

Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.

Neruda (Chile)

Directed by Pablo Larraín
With Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro, Mercedes Morán

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Carga Sellada (Bolivia)

Directed by Julia Vargas Weise
With Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Luis Bredow, Fernando Arze, Daniela Lema

About Us (Costa Rica)

Directed by Hernan Jimenez
With Hernan Jimenez, Noelia Castaño, Marina Glezer

Diego, a hopeless romantic desperately trying to salvage his relationship with long time girlfriend Sofía, plans a beach getaway to propose and clear the air. A 'chance' encounter with Sofía's old friend Malena will cast doubts on his relationship and skewed understanding of love, quickly turning a perfect weekend in paradise into Diego's worst nightmare.

Breadcrumbs (Uruguay)

Directed by Manane Rodríguez
With Patxi Bisquert, Justina Bustos, Ignacio Cawen, Ernesto Chao

Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Peru)

Directed by Juan Daniel F. Molero
With Liliana Albornoz, Caterina Gueli Rojo, Rafael Gutiérrez, Michel Lovón

A teenage misfit spends her first days out of school slacking and experimenting with drugs and cybersex. She meets Junior online, he's an amateur porn dealer on a delusional journey regarding the Mayan Apocalypse and other conspiracy theories. Once they meet in the 'real world' unusual events start to unfold as bizarre characters appear in this contemporary non-love story that portrays a ...

Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval (Ecuador)

Directed by Sebastián Cordero
With Diego Cataño, Maya Zapata, Andrés Crespo, Victor Arauz

Everything begins with a stray bullet... And a wealthy young man trying to evict 250 families who are squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatter settlement is ready to negotiate, knowing that an eviction will not happen without blood. Suspecting a betrayal, the dwellers voice their concern. SIN MUERTOS NO HAY CARNAVAL portrays the city of Guayaquil through all ...

Sugar Fields (Domician Republic)

Directed by Fernando Baez Mella
With Héctor Aníbal, Vladimir Acevedo, Natasha Alburquerque, Christian Alvarez

A young peasant is forced to flee for killing involuntarily an abusive guard. After an entire year hiding in a remote fishing island, he decides to return to his countryside and reunite with his wife and daughters.

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